Final Drone Rule and Recent Legislative Developments

    View Author September 2016

    On August 29, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rule on the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Final Rule) went into effect. The FAA has taken more than a year to finalize its draft rule, which was released in February 2015. In addition, in early July Congress passed a short-term extension of FAA programs through September 2017, which included some unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) provisions. This document summarizes relevant aspects of the Final Rule and the FAA extension.